Spoke Newsletter – 05 /09/ 2019

Spoke Newsletter – 05 /09/ 2019


MAURICIO ARELLANO, the Superintendent of Schools for the Redlands Unified School District joins us today to provide us an update on the status of our local public educational system. The District serves the communities of Redlands, Mentone, Forest Falls, Loma Linda, and the eastern half of Highland. The District serves over 21,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade through 16 elementary schools, 5 middle schools plus 5 high schools (RHS, REV, Citrus, Orangewood and Grove). Mauricio joined the District as Superintendent after serving as Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources for the Palm Springs Unified School District. Prior to our own LORI RHODES and BOB HODGES serving as Superintendent of Schools for RUSD, RON FRANKLIN, a former member of our club served as Superintendent from 1987 to 1994.


JASON ANDERSON, San Bernardino County’s newly elected District Attorney, gave an informative and interesting talk about the operation and approach of our District Attorney’s Office. As Jason pointed out, the District Attorney’s Office is the largest law office in San Bernardino County with over 500 employees including 200 plus attorneys. The District Attorney’s Office represents the People in the criminal justice system and serves the residents by respecting and inspiring confidence in the rule of law, both inside and outside the Office. Under Jason, the Office has established the Community Commission to assist in educating the public as to the role of the District Attorney’s Office. Jason fully responded to several excellent questions from our members.


STEPHANIE OTERO and DAVE BRYERS from Feeding America – Riverside/San Bernardino will talk about their organization’s effort to end hunger in the Inland Empire. Through partnerships with other charities, the organization works to make sure food reaches those in need through programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, senior meal sites, emergency shelters, day care centers, and residential delivery. We look forward to learning more about this important undertaking.


Where to begin – we have so many activities currently underway. First – Red Wine and Brews is this Saturday, May 11 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at the ESRI Café in Redlands. JACQUI LANIER as service chair and her RWB Committee members have been working long and hard to put together our Club’s largest fundraiser. The money we earn goes toward funding the scholarships for our student recipients and is of the utmost importance in assisting in covering the cost of their continuing education (just read that the tuition at BOB HEINZE’s alma mater Princeton now exceeds $72,000 per year). Please open your checkbook and purchase tickets to the event – you will enjoy your evening and the wine and food will add to the fellowship.

HAMISH (the Scottish variation) KNOWLENE and the Touch-A-Truck Committee meet this week to make sure the event scheduled for Saturday June 8, 2019 at the University of Redlands Ted Runners Stadium parking lot from 9:00AM to 2:00PM goes off without a hitch. Please see SEAMUS (the Irish variation) on how you can help.

JOE HORZEN’s Demotion Party is scheduled for June 22, at the beautiful home of VICTORIA MARSHALL. Make sure to mark your calendars. While you are at it, mark your calendars to usher at the Redlands Bowl on June 28 – please see JAN or MARVIN HUDSON to sign-up.

Thank you to HANNA HILL, AMY UNDERWOOD, YULISSA NAVARRO and BEN MURPHY for their efforts in keeping us up to date on what is happening at our local high schools. We wish you all continued success as you move on to your college educational endeavors and please know you are always welcome to drop in and let us know what is occurring in your lives.

Rotary International at work was demonstrated last week when our visiting Rotarian from the Netherlands gave of an insightful overview of his Club’s activities in fund raising and the use of the funds to assist orphans in Nicaragua. Rotary really does assist those in need.


It’s Red Wine and Brews time! Our biggest fundraiser of the year is this Saturday and I hope to see all of you there at the ESRI Cafe! If you haven’t got your tickets yet be sure to see CAL BOOTHBY before you leave today and get yours! Thanks again to all the Rotarians putting in the hard work and extra hours to make this event happen, with you we wouldn’t have this event to fund all the great things we do in the community!

Editor—Doug McAdam —Edition No. 43, May 9, 2019 – Download the Newsletter

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